University of Southern California


NSF-19-507: NSF Quantum Computing & Information Science Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF)

Slots:                                                  2 per institution, 1 per PI                           

Internal Deadline:                          Contact the Office of Research if interested.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline:                December 17, 2018, 5pm PT                                                   

External Deadline:                          February 11, 2019 – February 25, 2019

Award Information:                       Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: Not mentioned

Anticipated Amount: $6,750,000 subject to the availability of funds.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                      

Who May Serve as PI:   

Proposals are solicited from departments of computer science, information science, and/or computer engineering. PIs are restricted to the Department Chairs/Heads, or persons acting in such or similar capacities. A PI may submit no more than one proposal per deadline.


The QCIS-Faculty Fellows (QCIS-FF) program seeks to encourage departments and schools in U.S. universities that teach computer science, information science, and/or computer engineering curricula to hire new, full-time faculty in either tenure-track or tenured roles in quantum computing and/or communication. The intent of the program is to increase the research and teaching capacity in academic institutions in the QCIS domain. Therefore, CS/IS/CE departments that do not have an established set of faculty lines in QCIS are particularly encouraged to apply to this program.

The QCIS-FF program is intended to add to the existing academic workforce in quantum computing and communication. As such, the program will be able to support the hires of faculty who do not currently hold tenure-track or tenured academic positions, or support faculty hired from overseas, but will not support hiring of existing faculty from eligible U.S. institutions (e.g., lateral faculty movement).

NSF funding will support the entire academic year salary and benefits of a single tenure-track or tenured faculty member for a duration of up to three years. The total request per position cannot exceed $750,000.

Proposals must specifically address the following aspects:

  1. The commitment of the department, school, and university to building, growing, and sustaining a long-term interdisciplinary effort in QCIS;
  2. The integration of the quantum faculty with the rest of the department;
  3. How the new hire enhances cross-departmental research collaborations such as those across physics, mathematics, material sciences, electrical engineering, and computer and information science; and
  4. How the new hire enables creation and support of educational programs in QCIS, including cross-disciplinary course offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.